Spotlight & Salute
Neighborhood Watch Team
SHERIFF'S OFFICE ....ACCUSED!
STReport Magazine has
been proudly spotlighting a Neighborhood Watch Team's organization
and success in the Indian Trails Development. As a result of the
coverage..... we have received the following missive from a Mr. Jim
Hucks who lives in that area.
A letter from Mr. Jim
with your comments about JSO. I think any time a nineteen year old
kid gets shot 21 times by three police officers, that to me is the
use of excessive force. Also, when the passenger in the car has his
hands out the window during the whole time the so-called pursuit
(supported by witnesses), which was at 35 mph, gets jerked out of
the car and slammed to the ground, kicked in ribs and face by two
police officers, I personally consider this the use of excessive
These officers should be fired, not praised for doing a good
job. The kid that was killed was a quiet kid and well mannered
and not an out spoken individual. The police officers lied when they
said he said "Ya gotta kill me" because someone
that was sick at the time and was a quiet mannered and not an out
spoken person would never make comments like that to anyone, much
less a police officer who had been following him for 30 minutes or
What happened is this:
- The dog handler released
the dog when the kid was getting out of the car
- The kid shot the dog when
the dog grabbed his leg
- The dog handler opened fire
on the kid when he saw his dog go down and the other two
officers joined in the shooting as a knee jerk reaction with
shots going everywhere, including homes and cars.
Now, I for one
don't believe a word the police said about this incident. They
lied trying to protect their ass.
think the JSO has a long way to go before being identified as
7974 Cholo Trail
Jacksonville, Florida 32244-5430
In Reply we
May I assume you are the
father of James Emory Hucks? Good.... Now that we have established
that fact.... may we move on? Do you really call yourself
"Spiderman" or, did you use someone else's email
Do you Mr. Hucks have any
idea who the passenger in the car mentioned above is? Might I
REFRESH your memory or at least lend some credibility to your
missive condemning the JSO Officers who were involved in the
shooting of Darren Jason Parton. Wasn't it, in fact, YOUR SON
James Emory Hucks II who was the passenger in that very
automobile? Wasn't Parton acting as your son's chauffer since
your son had already lost his driver's license? Why no names Mr.
Hucks? Trying to add a little "flavor" to the
Let's try the truth
Another refresher for you
Mr. Hucks; Your son's Felony/Misdemeanor Arrest Record is
quite impressive or, should I say horrid.
by a Minor
In response to
your Item # 1....
The Canine Patrol Officer released the dog
in an attempt to distract the nineteen year old probationer, Darren
Jason Parton because Parton was brandishing an automatic pistol in
the Officer's faces. A STOLEN
automatic Pistol (just to make certain every little old fact is
"front & center"). The dog was enlisted by the
Officer to assist in taking this probationer into
custody. When Parton shot the Dog he committed a serious crime
using a firearm. Thus, he now became an accused FELON.
For killing the Police Dog (a member of the force) and for use of a
firearm in the commission of a crime. By the way... by all
eyewitness accounts Parton shot the dog in the head before the dog
got to him.
It was YOUR SON, the
infamous "West Side Mafia Chieftain"
- the passenger in the car
- was slammed to the ground
- was kicked in the ribs and face
Is that right?
Be glad he is still out of
jail and not CHARGED WITH MURDER! You see, the law states;
that if.... you are part of a felony crime in which someone dies as
a direct result of that crime... you can be charged with murder.
Your son is still walking the streets and doing his
"thing". So what is your complaint? His buddy
is dead protecting the goods in the trunk and of course, resisting
arrest. How is it James E. Hucks II walked? Can you tell
Have you ever heard of a
C.I.. Do you know what those initials mean? Cooperating
Individual? Confidential Informant? Whatever.... it all
boils down to "a
Here another "point of
truth" just to keep the record straight....
What was in the trunk of
Parton's automobile Mr. Hucks?
How about Cocaine ....
Parton's Cadillac's trunk had a LARGE quantity
of Cocaine in it! Hmmmm.... lets see, Parton is on probation
for a Cocaine Conviction, he is brandishing a STOLEN 9mm automatic
handgun and had fled from a normal traffic stop. This guy is a
real model citizen! But wait!! The thing that really
baffles me is the lack of focus on that "ever so innocent,
ill-treated passenger" in the Caddy. Your son! Yes
sir.... another model Citizen. Of whom Jacksonville, as a
city, should be proud. NOT!
to your Item # 2....
Truth is..... the dog was shot in the head
before it reached Parton. The dog's head was destroyed. Parton
acted, not in self defense as you coyly attempt to allude to.... but
simply like a trigger happy gunman. If I might be gracious....
I'd be of the opinion this young man opted for suicide by Police.
to your Item # 3....
When the Officers..... (not
only the Canine Officer) saw Parton who was in fact, brandishing an
Automatic Pistol and subsequently used it to shoot and kill the dog
they knew they had their lives on the line. The Officers were
left with no alternative at that point since they could reasonably
expect that Parton would use the weapon on them next. Therefore...
they had every right to take whatever measures necessary to subdue
the man with a gun and protect both themselves and innocent
Now, Mr. Hucks,
Might I point out you have
truly proven any and all assumptions that may be taken about you
trying to blather and bluster your way into painting a picture of
sheer innocence for both Parton and Your Son, James E. Hucks
II. You son was, in fact, the passenger in that Cadillac
on that mid July night of this past year. Why you avoided that fact
in your missive is beyond comprehension.
Sadly, you apparently
failed to "mislead" anyone except perhaps
yourself. You have seemingly removed all doubt as
to the reason why your offspring have so much trouble with the
law. It is probably your attitude about the Law and your total
disrespect of the Law and its representatives.
I could be generous and
give you an "A" for effort in obfuscation.... but I doubt
you would understand the meaning of such an award. I can only
hope that you find God... I mean truly find God. Then and only
then will you see the real facts as they are and as every
law-abiding citizen of Duval County would see them. Until such
time, stay friendly and on good terms with your local Bondsman.
R. F. Mariano, Editor
Two Articles that appeared
in the local newspaper
|Story last updated at 12:17
a.m. on Monday, July 12, 1999
defend fatal shootout
Tim Repper examines his neighbor's truck
yesterday. He said a shootout Saturday sent bullets flying
through the neighborhood.
- M. Jack Luedke/staff
Man, police dog died in gunbattle
By Dana Treen
Times-Union staff writers
A shootout that left a West
Jacksonville man and a police dog dead was an overreaction by
officers, a relative of the man said yesterday, but police said
their reaction was justified. Two dozen or more shots were fired
Saturday night between Jacksonville officers and 19-year-old Darren
Jason Parton, police said, in a standoff that riddled nearby houses
and a truck with bullet holes and rocked residents of the Colfax
Court cul-de-sac. Parton died of multiple gunshot wounds in the
brief battle that also saw the second killing of an on-duty police
canine in a month. Titan, a 4-year-old German shepherd, had
been with the department about two years, Jacksonville Sheriff's Lt.
Jim Burt said.
''They [police] took their frustrations out on
Darren because of the previous shooting of the other dog,'' said
Stephen Aldridge, Parton's stepfather, referring to the fatal
shooting last month of another police dog. ''I think it was too much
excessive force. I think the situation could have been handled
Burt said he thinks officers reacted properly to
Parton, who wielded a gun toward police after a traffic stop. ''When
he came out of the car he had a pistol in his hand; it was a
semiautomatic,'' Burt said. Burt said the confrontation began about
9 p.m. when Officer M.E. Garza stopped Parton and passenger James
Hucks, 21, for a traffic violation at Fire Tower and Kincaid roads,
near 103rd Street. Garza was waiting for additional officers when
Parton drove off. Joined by two other patrol cars, Garza followed
Parton at speeds that never exceeded 45 miles per hour for several
miles through the Argyle Forest area before stopping at the end of
When Parton pulled to the dead end of Colfax, he
stepped out of the car with a gun, Burt said. ''I don't have any
idea why they pulled down this street,'' he said. ''I don't know if
they were lost or wanted a standoff with police.'' Deputy Ed
Sullivan, a K-9 handler, released Titan, according to homicide Sgt.
D.R. Justice. The dog reached Parton, who shot the dog once before
raising his gun to the officers, Justice said. Garza, Sullivan and
Deputy D. Batrous returned fire, he said.
Hucks was wrestled to
the ground and handcuffed but was later released. No charges are
being pursued against him, and he is cooperating with investigators,
Burt said the officers handled the situation
properly. ''I think they had done everything possible to protect the
people of this neighborhood,'' Burt said.
The incident rattled some residents of Colfax
Court, which they said is normally filled with playing children.
''Usually, there would have been 10 or 15 kids out here playing
street hockey or shooting hoops,'' said resident Tom Repper. ''It
could have been a catastrophe if they had been out there.''
Repper was grilling in his back yard when he
heard the commotion and saw flashing police lights. ''It happened so
fast,'' he said. ''Apparently he [Parton] jumped out and shot the
dog.'' Repper said he heard police yell at Parton before opening
fire. He said bullets tore into the house behind Parton, hitting a
truck, a privacy fence and a bedroom window. His sister-in-law,
Susie Repper, was watching television when the shooting erupted
outside. ''I started screaming at the kids, 'Get down, Get down,'
and we crawled to my closet,'' she said. ''I felt it was the safest
Parton died just before 10 p.m. at University
Medical Center. Burt said the officers involved will be put on
administrative leave and will have to go before a firearms review
board and follow other standard procedures. Titan, who died at
Brentwood Animal Clinic, was the second police dog killed in
Jacksonville in recent weeks. A dog named Quanto was shot and killed
June 17 in a struggle with a man who had escaped from the Duval
County jail. Burt said it is normal to have a dog present during
chase situations in case the suspect runs. Burt said he was in
charge of the K-9 unit when Titan was brought into the department.
''He was a good dog,'' he said.
Times-Union staff writer Shawna Sundin
contributed to this report.
|Dog's killer carrying drugs
Police say man had stolen gun
By Kathleen Sweeney
Times-Union staff writer
friends and relatives wonder why 19-year-old Darren Jason Parton
challenged Jacksonville police and lost his life during a traffic
stop Saturday night, police said the stop was far from routine.
Police say Parton, on probation from a cocaine conviction, nearly
struck a squad car then fled police with a trunk full of cocaine and
drug paraphernalia and a 9mm handgun stolen during a March burglary.
Chief of Detectives Rick Seibler said three
police officers fired at Parton at least 32 times after he got out
of his Cadillac, waved a gun and told police to shoot him about 9
p.m. in Argyle Forest.
Parton then fatally shot police dog Titan and
fired another shot.
Parton's father said police overreacted because
of another police dog killed in the line of duty last month. And a
family friend, whose son was riding with Parton at the time of the
shooting, said Parton was a respectful young man who occasionally
went to church with her family and stopped by to see her hours
before he was killed. ''The last memory I have of him is him
smiling,'' said Linda Hucks. ''A minor traffic violation ends up in
thedeath of a human. It's heartbreaking.''
After Parton shot Titan, Officers M.E. Garza, Ed
Sullivan and D. Batrous fired back, riddling nearby houses and a
truck with bullet holes in the Colfax Court cul-de-sac. Parton died
at University Medical Center. The officers have been placed on
administrative leave for three to five days, Seibler said. The
sheriff's Use of Force Board will review the shooting in the next
six to 12 weeks to determine if it was justified, reasonable and in
compliance with department policy.
''This is an extremely life threatening
situation,'' Seibler said. ''It's not a classroom environment that
we find ourselves standing in now. Officers react to save their
lives. That's what this situation was.'' While Garza tried to stop
Parton and his passenger, James Hucks, he had no idea that the
driver had a lengthy juvenile record and was on probation for
possession of cocaine and a firearm. Seibler wouldn't elaborate on
Parton's juvenile record and wouldn't specify how much cocaine was
in the trunk except that it was a large amount. Hucks wasn't charged
in Saturday's incident.
After a chase covering several miles at speeds of
30 to 45 mph, Sullivan and his dog and Bartrous arrived as backup.
That's when Parton stepped from the Cadillac, waving a firearm and
saying, '' 'You're going to have to shoot me,' '' Seibler said.
Titan was released and bit Parton, who then shot
the dog and fired another shot. Officers fired back. Police said
they don't know where the second shot Parton fired went. ''We've got
dogs to save police officers' lives,'' Seibler said. ''If the dog
had not been there, possibly one of our officers would have been
Titan, a 4-year-old German shepherd, was shot in
the chest. He is the second Jacksonville Sheriff's Office canine
killed in the line of duty in a month. Nearly 90 percent of the
dogs' activity involves serious felony situations. ''Every time we
lose a canine, it's a sad day particularly for the canine officer,''
Seibler said. ''This agency believes in canines, and Titan did serve
But one animal activist says police dogs deserve
to be protected just as their handlers. Kay Timmerman, 75, of
Kindness and Care Rescue Adoption Center in Orange Park, is creating
a fund for bulletproof vests for dogs. It's an idea she said she
talked to police about 11 years ago, but then the 15-pound vests
were too heavy and not practical. Today, Timmerman said she has
found a 5-pound vest many police departments, including West Palm
Beach, are requiring their police dogs to wear at night. ''If these
vests are working in other cities and states, we know they can work
here,'' she said. Timmerman is waiting for a vest she ordered from a
Virginia company to arrive.
Linda Hucks, however, said while an animal's life
is precious, a human life isn't replaceable. She knows because she
lost a child in a car accident several years ago. She may not have
lost a son in this shooting, but Parton's 1-year-old son, Thomas,
lost a father. ''James is our only son, so it's very frightening
when something like this takes place,'' she said. ''[Parton] was a
good kid, and he loved his son. It's a shame that this happened.'
Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend 1999:
I received a letter from James E. Hucks dated
November 23 1999. In this letter Mr. Hucks proceeds to
denigrate this entire page. Instead of "glorifying or
otherwise adding credibility" to the diatribe... I've decided
to forward a copy of this letter to the JSO and in particular; the
Officers involved and the Office of Chief Bennett.
As a charitable observation, I respectfully
submit this entire letter seems to be sending an underlying message.
Its a message appearing to cry out for help in correcting serious
problems in a totally dysfunctional family. In particular the
focus appears to be upon the son... Obviously, as he seems to be the
common denominator to the dysfunctional problems encountered on an
almost daily basis by the Hucks family. My thoughts are this
family truly needs God and professional counseling.